WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Weather forecasters continue to agree that drier and warmer weather is likely across western Washington beginning Friday, June 24th. But cooler weather is also expected to return soon after this weekend.
National Weather Service forecasters in the Seattle office issued a special weather statement today, June 22nd.
FIRST HEAT WAVE OF 2022 EXPECTED SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY…
After an unusually cool and wet spring, a rapid warm-up is expected late this week, with temperatures peaking Saturday through Monday across western Washington. Most lowland and mountain valley locations will see temperatures peaking in the 80s to around 90 degrees by Sunday.
This level of heat will pose a moderate risk of heat-related illness to heat-sensitive people and pets.
Given the recent cool weather there has been little opportunity to acclimate to warm temperatures. As such, there is concern that this rapid warm-up could catch some off guard.
Furthermore, area rivers continue to run high as a result of the cool and wet spring and water temperatures are running generally between 40-50 degrees. The combination of these factors significantly increases the concern for cold and or high water-related incidents. Cold water shock and hypothermia can quickly result in death during these early season heat events. Use extreme caution if recreating near water, wear a life jacket, and keep a close eye on children.Special Weather Statement from National Weather Service Seattle office (June 22, 2022)
The following are the currently expected high temperatures across Whatcom County during this warming period (based on meteoblue‘s high-resolution ensemble of multiple global and local forecast models combined with artificial intelligence).
The extended weather forecast calls for cooling Tuesday, with high temperatures about 20°F cooler than Monday’s high temperature in some locations with rain later in the day, continuing into Wednesday.
Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page. Tapping anywhere on the map will display a detailed location-specific forecast.